Our Attorneys

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  • Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C.
    325 N. LaSalle St. Suite 350
    Chicago, IL 60654
  • (312) 751-1170


  • Depaul University College of Law, J.D. (1986)
  • Depaul University, Bachelor of Arts, Communications Major, Minor in English (1983)

Jim’s practice has been focused in the areas of real estate investment, acquisitions, sales, development and management as well as entity formation and governance of owner, developer and manager organizations. Upon completing law school in 1986, Jim entered private practice as an in-house attorney with a Chicago based real estate investment group pursuing the acquisition, development, operation and management of multifamily and senior rental apartments and for sale townhomes and condominiums, with a strong concentration in affordable housing products. Through this concentration, Jim has vast experience with affordable housing financing tools and government programs and has worked extensively with federal, state and local government agencies in producing, maintaining and preserving many affordable housing developments.

Jim’s experience eventually led to his appointment to the Illinois State Housing Appeals Board by Governor Pat Quinn in February 2012. Jim is driven to work practically, efficiently and collaboratively with clients, stakeholders and counterparties to solve issues and enable clients to accomplish their goals.

  • Real Estate Law

    Real estate development requires multiple transaction steps in moving from concept to completion to operation. Jim has represented developers in all stages of the development spectrum from land acquisition to planning to design to construction to occupancy and to operation. Along that spectrum, Jim has formed business entities, negotiated and closed contracts for the purchase and sale of real estate, negotiated contracts for the design and construction of buildings, negotiated land use agreements and development agreements, handled financing and equity arrangements, negotiated management agreements, and drafted leasing and sales documents. Since much of his work focused on affordable housing, Jim has a strong grasp of the interplay between lenders, government agencies and equity sources in complex layered transactions involving tax exempt financing, HUD-insured financing, Section 8 and other rental subsidies, low income housing tax credits, Illinois donation credits, historic tax credits, grants and subsidized loans. Jim has many years of experience with HUD programs and HUD program obligations. Jim has also handled commercial lease negotiations in mixed use projects as well as cable, antenna, laundry, parking management and other ancillary agreements pertaining to the ownership and operation of real estate. Jim has represented both profit motivated and not-for-profit entities pursuing affordable housing developments and in connection with fair housing disputes.

  • General Business Law

    Jim has represented clients in forming corporations, not-for-profit corporations, general and limited partnerships, and limited liability companies. Included in this role would be the drafting and negotiating of by-laws, resolutions, shareholder agreements, partnership agreements and operating agreements. Transactional work in this area includes the sale and transfer of interests in business entities and advising on and resolving disputes among stakeholders. Jim also advises on general business agreements such as lines of credit, vendor agreements, office leases, commercial equipment leases, etc.

Professional Affiliations

  • Board Member of Illinois State Housing Appeals Board (February 2012 to April 2017)
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Pro Bono Services

  • Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook

Bar Admissions

Illinois State Bar (1986)

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (1986)

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